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Health and wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Services (SWS) are here for you

Our core services are accessible Monday to Friday, 10am–4pm.

There is also a range of out of hours support available, including The Sitting Room.

Get in touch via MyWellbeing - your way to access Student Wellbeing Services.

+44 (0)1225 876543

Five things you need to know about Student Wellbeing Services

  1. SWS is your point of contact for therapeutic interventions and non-clinical general advice and guidance
  2. SWS works with disabled students to ensure you're able to access your learning and teaching
  3. SWS hosts the University Medical Service, Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Bath Spa Care Dogs
  4. SWS offers 24/7 access to services
  5. SWS is #hereforyou

Our services

Disability Service

Student Wellbeing Services provides information, advice and guidance for applicants and students who identify as disabled, neurodiverse, have a mental health or medical condition, and a specific learning difference such as dyslexia. As part of your learning journey, you may be eligible for extra support.

If you haven't already done so please complete an Academic Access Questionnaire to help us understand any requirements you may have so we can give you the support you need to thrive at Bath Spa.

Mental Health Service

We understand the value of speaking about mental health and are here to help you. We provide professional, short-term interventions and can help you access a range of services.

Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service provides non-clinical advice and guidance, using an evidence-based model to enable positive wellbeing and behaviours. Areas we can help with include homesickness, transitioning to university life, money management, bullying, harassment, drugs, alcohol and general wellbeing.

Sexual violence and/or abusive relationships

BSU SVLO and GBV support: Our team of Sexual Violence Liaison Officers and Gender-Based Violence Caseworker have had specialist training to support and advise students who have experienced any form of sexual violence and/or abusive relationship.
This service is available to all students, regardless of gender, sexuality, and when or where the incident took place. Your SVLO will listen to you and discuss the options available. They can:

  • help you decide what support you need going forward
  • help you access that support
  • provide you with information about possible next steps.

Book an appointment with a Gender-Based Violence Caseworker/Sexual Violence Liaison Officer via MyWellbeing.

Care Leavers, Estranged students, Young Adult Carers and Foyer students

We want you to get the best out of your course and university experience, and additional support is available if you identify with any of these groups. You can have a named point of contact in our Wellbeing Service. They can speak with you about your eligibility for additional bursaries, accommodation and student finance. If helpful, your advisor will stay in regular contact with you throughout your time at Bath Spa.

The Chaplaincy

Our Chaplains are here for everyone. They can support you through opportunities and challenges, or chat through questions of life and faith. Their programme includes morning prayer, stillness, drop-in sessions and fundraising challenges.

Support for trans and non-binary students

Bath Spa University is committed to creating a fair and inclusive environment for all our students, including anyone who identifies as transgender or non-binary, or is questioning their gender identity. 

We have a range of support for students ranging from assistance with name, gender or pronoun changes (for example on official records or on systems), to accommodation and facilities support.

Visit our dedicated space online to see our Inclusion Policy and Transition Support Plan as well as to find out more about how we can help you with any additional practical or therapeutic support.

The Sitting Room Service

The Sitting Room Service is a dedicated space for wellbeing activities located in the Sitting Room, Main House at Newton Park. It offers a quiet and welcoming space from 16.00 to 23.00 seven days a week. Wellbeing Facilitators are available to provide a range of activities aimed at enhancing your wellbeing.

Whether you want to enjoy a hot drink, engage in a creative activity, or simply relax in the calm space, the Sitting Room Service is there for you.

Student Wellbeing Services Pop-In Service

Staffed by Student Wellbeing Services Advisors, the SWS pop-in service is available 10am-4pm, Monday - Friday, in the Student Hub at our Newton Park Campus.

You can pop-in during these times and speak to an advisor about any in the moment queries or issues you may have - we will listen without judgement, help you problem solve and where useful signpost you to other internal and external services.

When you arrive at the Student Hub you will need to check-in using one of the tablets available - we'll ask you for your student number and a few words as to what you would like to speak about. You'll then be able to see your place in the queue and how long it'll be before your appointment - when we're ready, an SWS Advisor will meet you in the Student Hub before heading to a comfortable, confidential, meeting space.

We'll follow up after your appointment to confirm any key points and actions. 

Anytime, anywhere

Whenever you need support, Student Wellbeing Services has a range of digital resources and support available online 24/7.

From support with academic worries to mental health issues, as well as more serious incidents, we work with a number of external partners and organisations to provide students with free access to a range of 24/7 digital platforms and services.

Cost of living support

You’ve probably heard a lot about the cost of living crisis, which can make managing your money feel a little daunting. We’ve put together a range of information and advice to help you navigate the costs of living and feel more in control of your money.

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Our #BathSpaDogs can't wait to meet you!

Look out for our Bath Spa Care Dogs out and about on campus in their blue bandanas during Welcome Week.

Register with our University Medical Service

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Find out about our Medical Service and how to book appointments.

Student post: looking after your mental health

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Read this blog from current student Kelly about self-care.

Student post: accessibility and support

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Rebecca Spicer shares her insights into accessibility and university.

Five ways to be happy on campus

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Five ways to be happy on campus, without spending a penny

Don't put yourself at risk

Are you vaccinated? Check it, don't chance it. More information is available via our Medical Service and Meningitis Now.

Meningitis and septicaemia: Know the signs and symptoms

Meningitis kills, so make sure you're vaccinated and know the signs and symptoms.

Although meningitis can affect anyone at any time, there are certain bacteria that increase the risk of meningitis in teenagers and young people. 
These are meningococcal A, B, C, W and Y and they can cause meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning), which can kill within hours. For those who survive, many are left with life-changing after-effects such as hearing loss, acquired brain injury and limb loss. Make sure you know how to protect yourself and look out for your friends.

If you think that you, or someone else is suffering from meningitis or septicaemia, call 999.

For more information about how to protect yourself, and others, from meningitis, visit the Meningitis Now webpage or call the helpline on +44 (0)808 80 10 388

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Make sure you're vaccinated

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Before leaving for university:

  • Check you are up to date with your vaccines
    - 2 doses of MMR
    - 1 dose of MenACWY vaccine
    - 2 doses and a booster of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Know the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia

Once you get to university you should:

  • Register with a GP (Doctor/Physician) as soon as you can - don't wait until you have a problem
  • Arrange with a GP (Doctor/Physician) to catch up on any vaccines you have missed

Find out more about vaccinations on the NHS website.

Need to report something?

At Bath Spa, we're committed to ensuring that the whole community feels safe on campus. Report and Support is our online recording tool for any safeguarding, bullying or harassment concerns.

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Parents and supporters

We understand the critical role parents, friends, and supporters have in encouraging the success of students. We've put together a toolkit for parents and supporters to help them support you at university.

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